FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany's loss against Mexico gives Belgium, England incentive to finish second in group
Germany's shock defeat against Mexico could have positive implications for Belgium and England, allowing them an easier route to the final if they finish second.
Germany’s surprise loss to Mexico could create a strange situation in Group G where England and Belgium may face a theoretically easier path to the last four if they finish second rather than top of the standings.
The winners of Group G — which also features Tunisia and Panama — will play a last-16 match against the Group H runners-up, Colombia, Japan, Senegal or Poland.
If that game is won the most likely quarter-final opponents would be five-times world champions Brazil. The path for the runners-up was expected to lead to an equally difficult quarter-final against defending champions Germany, after a round of 16 game against the winners of Group H.
FIFA World Cup 2018 quarter-finals full schedule: Match time table in IST, venues with complete fixtures
The quarter-finals of the World Cup will feature several heavyweights and a couple of surprise packages in the form of host nation Russia, a team that was written off by pretty much everyone before the start of the tournament.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Coach Nabil Maaloul calls for widespread changes in Tunisian football after Belgium defeat
Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul has stated that Tunisia need to make drastic changes to their brand of football if they have any hope of performing at the highest level.
FIFA World Cup 2018: Defender John Stones says set-pieces are England's major strength in tournament
England defender John Stones has stated that their ability to score goals from set-pieces gives them an edge in the tournament, with both goals against Tunisia coming from corners.